WDWD1003FZEX
SeagateST250DM000

Release date: Q4 2013.

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Release date ≤ Q1 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 151,608 user samples
132,722 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 238GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 597GB free
Poor: 55% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 69th / 1015
18,886 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 76% 148GB free
Worst Bench: 22% 25GB free (System drive)
Poor: 22% Great: 76%
SPEED RANK: 235th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
81.9 % Much faster effective speed.
+46%
56.1 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
151 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+47%
103 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
138 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+43%
96.8 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.22 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+100%
0.61 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.42 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+100%
1.21 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.4 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+63%
52.9 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+53%
0.72 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
134 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+44%
92.8 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
205 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+53%
134 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+36%
130 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+114%
0.7 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.9 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+53%
1.89 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
111 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+68%
66.1 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
179 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+34%
134 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 23,216,684 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.87 % Hugely higher market share.
+412%
0.17 %
Value
Value For Money
24.8 % Much better value.
+33%
18.7 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
76 % Much more popular.
+49%
51 %
Price
Price (score)
$66 $15 Much cheaper.
+77%
Age
Newest
75 Months 72+ Months +4%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 250GB
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This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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